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    Hello

    Would you take a look at the following sentences?
    1) This is the best book I have ever read.
    2) This is the most difficult problem I have ever had.

    In these sentences "ever" is used.
    A grammar book say that if the subject are "This is the first / second etc. time that ..." or "This is the only ..... that ...", " ever" is not used in that-clause. However, I found that " ever " is used in these sentences.

    Which is grammatically correct, with or without "ever"? Or are both correct?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Which is grammatically correct?

    This is the first time I have done it.
    This is the first time I have ever done it.

    They are both OK- the use of 'ever'is to give emphasis. It's unnecessary, but not incorrect.

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